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Meal changing hands twice - Leopard vs. Hyena(s)

  
 
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Based on the circling vultures overhead, our guide suspected that there was a kill. We rushed to the location and indeed, we saw a female leopard drag a dead male impala. Just a short time later, we also noticed that a spotted hyena got the “wind” of a kill. The female leopard knew of the presence of the hyena and she tried to drag the carcass up a tree but somehow it got snagged. We rooted for the leopard but at the end, the hyena was able to snatch her meal away from her…

We couldn’t actually see the actual snatching process as it happened behind the tree and the vegetation around was fairly thick. But shortly after, we saw the hyena drag the meal out to a more open area and started the feast. Before too long a second hyena showed up and joined the smorgasbord. We could hear the eerie sound of bone being crunched. From time to time they hyenas looked around to monitor the surrounding. They gulped down as much and as fast as they could but after a while, even they slowed down and started to walk away albeit reluctantly carrying their bulging tummies.

The leopard that waited nearby behind some bushes took advantage of the opportunity. As soon as she felt safe, she made a mad dash to the carcass, took off and climbed up a tree. Now, it is her turn yet again to enjoy the kill or whatever was left.

Thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to leave any feedback,
Joshua


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#1 - Dragging that kill was tiring - pant, pant, pant…

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#2 - That stupid hyena was right behind; better rush up the tree now

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# 3 - Joined by the second hyena gorging on the smorgasbord

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#4 - Hey, I got this one, let it loose, buddy!

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#5 - Always vigilant, better be safe than sorry

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#6 - Waiting patiently or more impatiently actually

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# 7 - I am stuffed… this is the last piece, I swear

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#8 - Time to make the move!

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#9 - Making a mad dash…

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#10 - Got it!

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#11 - About time!

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#12 - Muzzle lickin’ good!

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Oct 15, 2022 at 11:43 AM
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A delight to view Joshua and that's quite a story. 5, 7 and 11 are my favorites.

Morris



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Absolutely spectacular Joshua ! I've been anxious to see what someone with your skill and expertise would harvest from such an environment. You didn't disappoint I could tell these were yours without even seeing the name. Great shots !
gary



Oct 15, 2022 at 12:23 PM
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Incredible images Joshua. Loved the description of the action, it made viewing these images that much better. The hyena shots gave me goosebumps. I loved every one of these shots. Fantastic work !

Greg





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morris wrote:
A delight to view Joshua and that's quite a story. 5, 7 and 11 are my favorites.

Morris


Thank you very much, Morris!



Oct 15, 2022 at 12:53 PM
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sum1sgrampa wrote:
Absolutely spectacular Joshua ! I've been anxious to see what someone with your skill and expertise would harvest from such an environment. You didn't disappoint I could tell these were yours without even seeing the name. Great shots !
gary


I appreciate your kind words very much, Gary!



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Incredible shots. What reserve were you on?


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G.E. Smith wrote:
Incredible images Joshua. Loved the description of the action, it made viewing these images that much better. The hyena shots gave me goosebumps. I loved every one of these shots. Fantastic work !

Greg


Greg, thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment. They are early hyena images that looked gory and I decided not to include them. Hyenas are opportunists and they are successful in playing that role. I am not a fan of hyenas, not sure who is, but at a different location/time, we encountered a hyena mom and two of her puppies. While young they can still be considered “cute”, well, to a certain degree.



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agvogel wrote:
Incredible shots. What reserve were you on?


Thank you very much, agvogel! That was at Mala Mala, where we stayed for 3 nights. We also stayed 2 nights at Idube and 1 night at Umkumbe.



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Outstanding captured images in the wild, Joshua !!!! Beautiful leopard !!! (Voted)


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roadapple wrote:
Outstanding captured images in the wild, Joshua !!!! Beautiful leopard !!! (Voted)


Thank you very much 2X, Tom!



Oct 15, 2022 at 05:19 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
Thank you very much, agvogel! That was at Mala Mala, where we stayed for 3 nights. We also stayed 2 nights at Idube and 1 night at Umkumbe.


Very nice - sounds amazing! I just came back from Sabi Sand where we saw the aftermath of a similar situation - a female leopard was staring down a hyena that had just stolen her kill. I wasn't able to capture it in a compelling way, your photo story on the other hand does a fantastic job. It's easy to see hyenas as the villains of the bush







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Wonderful images truly enjoyed them


Oct 15, 2022 at 05:36 PM
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Amazing set of images.


Oct 15, 2022 at 05:51 PM
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Phenomenal images Joshua! Really awesome job! Thanks for sharing.


Oct 15, 2022 at 06:16 PM
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film_4ever wrote:
Phenomenal images Joshua! Really awesome job! Thanks for sharing.


Yes Sir, Agree 100% Phenomenal images !!!

John



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a sweet set of images Joshua


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roadapple wrote:
Outstanding captured images in the wild, Joshua !!!! Beautiful leopard !!! (Voted)


Thank you very much 2X, Tom!



agvogel wrote:
Very nice - sounds amazing! I just came back from Sabi Sand where we saw the aftermath of a similar situation - a female leopard was staring down a hyena that had just stolen her kill. I wasn't able to capture it in a compelling way, your photo story on the other hand does a fantastic job. It's easy to see hyenas as the villains of the bush


Thank you again, agvogel! It sounds like we were in the approximately same neighborhood at roughly the same time. I was there between Sep 28 and Oct 4. Yes, hyenas are a curious bunch and they always check out what’s going on and trying to take advantage out of what’s going on.



tinamou7 wrote:
Wonderful images truly enjoyed them


Thank you very much, tinamou7!




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Your leopard images are incredible Joshua, so rich in character. The Hyenas are vicious and aggressive! Excellent and thrilling set of images. Must have been exhilarating to be there and see this take place. Wow!

Karl



Oct 16, 2022 at 08:53 AM
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Most impressive Joshua. The way you've captured these scenes really gives an insight to the behavior of these animals. Excellent work.


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